Gillian Anderson is reportedly developing a new project based on a historical figure, following her turn as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown.
Gillian Anderson, star of The Crown and the upcoming The First Lady, is developing a new project based on an as-yet-unannounced historical figure. Anderson’s first major break came as Agent Dana Scully on The X Files, which made her a household name. She then went on to star in a number of films, also appearing on stage in the West End and Broadway. Recently, her career has reached new heights, with a number of acclaimed television roles including Jean Milburn, the thoughtful sex therapist in Netflix’s Sex Education.
Now, according to Variety, Anderson is in the early stages of development on a new project based on a historical figure. Speaking at the Canneseries TV festival in France, Anderson explained that she is working on something new to follow her previous historical outings as Margaret Thatcher in The Crown and Eleanor Roosevelt in The First Lady. She hasn’t revealed any further details as of yet, however, and much still remains a mystery.
Having signed a first-look producing deal with Netflix for two years, this new project is sure to be a hot ticket for the streamer, as Anderson has become somewhat of a fan favorite in recent years, particularly amongst the golden 18-34 demographic. Her turns in The Crown and Sex Education have shown off not only her tendency to be hilarious but also her serious acting chops, giving the presence of Thatcher a real edge. Whether or not this new series reaches the heights of her past efforts remains to be seen, but considering her breadth of experience in the industry and her ability in front of a camera, it’s sure to be one to watch.
Anderson said she has little interest in reprising her iconic role as Dana Scully unless a project felt “new and progressive.”
With seemingly every classic film and television property being rebooted as content for streaming services, you would be forgiven for thinking another revival of “The X-Files” is inevitable. But according to star Gillian Anderson, fans shouldn’t hold their breath for more adventures with Dana Scully and Fox Mulder.
Anderson received the Variety Icon Award at CannesSeries, where she opened up about the highs and lows of playing FBI Agent Dana Scully. While she acknowledged that many fans view her “X-Files” character as something of a feminist icon, Anderson revealed that she does not necessarily see it that way.
“I don’t think it was as clear-cut in my mind as being, ‘Oh, this is a feminist character,’” Anderson said. “I think that it was more of just, ‘This is a woman that I haven’t seen before on television, and she’s so unique.’”
While “The X-Files” was notable for having a female character in such a prominent role at the FBI, Anderson lamented that the show was still a product of its time. She detailed the small ways that her character was portrayed as less competent than David Duchovny’s Fox Mulder, and said she frequently had to push back against outdated gender tropes.
“I was expected to walk behind [Duchovny] when [our characters] walked up to the front doors of the people we were investigating,” she said. “There were things that I rebelled against.”
When asked about a potential revival, Anderson did not completely close the door, but made it very clear that more “X-Files” is not a priority for her. She also referenced the show’s controversial ending, in which Agent Scully was revealed to be pregnant in a sendoff that many fans felt was bizarre and disrespectful to the character.
“It just feels like such an old idea. I’ve done it, I did it for so many years, and it also ended on such an unfortunate note,” she said. “In order to even begin to have that conversation [about another season] there would need to be a whole new set of writers and the baton would need to be handed on for it to feel like it was new and progressive. So yeah, it’s very much in the past.”
Watch the speech of Gillian Anderson, awarded with the Icon Award at Canneseries Festival.
Take a look in the gallery for HQ photos of Gillian Anderson at yesterday’s Opening Ceremony at Canneseries Festival where she received the Icon Award. Enjoy!
I added to the gallery more episodic stills of Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt in the upcoming series The First Lady.
Award-winning actor and producer Gillian Anderson has signed a first-look deal with Netflix via her production company Fiddlehead Productions.
The deal is for television producing with an initial term of two years.
Anderson has had a fruitful partnership in recent years with the streamer, winning Emmy, SAG, Critics Choice and Golden Globe awards for her turn in Netflix series “The Crown.” Anderson, who played Margaret Thatcher in season 4, was utterly transformed for the part of the former British Prime Minister.
She also stars as sex therapist Dr Jean Milburn in Netflix’s comedy drama “Sex Education,” which is set to return for a fourth season.
In addition, Anderson is known for hit series including “The X Files,” alongside David Duchovny, and “The Fall,” in which she stars opposite Jamie Dornan. She will next be seen playing Eleanor Roosevelt in Showtime’s “The First Lady,” which is set to launch in the U.S. in April.
“Netflix have been an inspiring and supportive home for much of my recent acting work so I am excited to partner with them for the television projects I am currently developing,” Anderson said. “We have a shared passion for progressive, compelling and engaging stories and I’m thrilled to announce our collaboration.”
Anne Mensah, VP of U.K. series at Netflix, added: “We feel very privileged to be working closely with Gillian on new projects. Her success at Netflix – from ‘Sex Education’ to her singular portrayal of Margaret Thatcher in ‘The Crown’ – is second to none and we look forward to launching shows with her as an actress and executive producer.”
The first trailer for “The First Lady” has been released and Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt looks really amazing.
“The Pale Blue Eye,” Netflix’s mystery thriller that follows a young Edgar Allan Poe, has added an impressive supporting cast that includes Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Robert Duvall and more.
Christian Bale and Harry Melling star in the fictional Gothic thriller, which is being directed by Scott Cooper. Bale plays a detective in 1830 tasked with investigating a series of murders at the United States Military Academy in West Point, and who takes a young cadet named Edgar Allan Poe (Melling) under his wing to help him solve the case.
Rounding out the supporting cast are Anderson, Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Timothy Spall, Hadley Robinson, Joey Brooks, Brennan Cook, Gideon Glick, Fred Hechinger, Matt Helm, Steven Maier, Charlie Tahan and Duvall.
Cooper has wanted to direct “The Pale Blue Eye” for more than a decade, and he also wrote the screenplay based on Louis Bayard’s 2003 book of the same name. Cooper will also produce with Tyler Thompson for Cross Creek Pictures, John Lesher for Grisbi Productions and Bale. Dylan Weathered is executive producing for Grisbi Productions, as is Tracey Landon.
Bale and Cooper previously worked together on “Hostiles” and “Out of the Furnace.”
Anderson most recently starred on “The Crown” and in “The First Lady,” as well as guested on the new season of Hulu’s “The Great.” Boynton is known for roles in “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “Murder on the Orient Express” and most recently appeared in “Locked Down.” Duvall most recently starred in this year’s “12 Mighty Orphans.”
In the past two years, Gillian Anderson has played two of the most influential female figures who ever lived. First, there was her performance as Margaret Thatcher on Netflix’s The Crown, which won her an Emmy; next, she’ll star as Eleanor Roosevelt in Showtime’s limited series The First Lady. Sandwiched between those parts is another historical character: the scene-stealing detour Anderson takes on season two of Hulu’s The Great, playing the “shockingly manipulative and self-serving” Joanna.
Joanna is mother to Elle Fanning’s Catherine the Great, a woman who brands herself the “maestro of marriage” for orchestrating her daughters’ high-profile unions. But Catherine’s recent coup has complicated her next advantageous match—another daughter’s betrothal to France’s Louis XIV. As it turns out, overthrowing one’s husband (Nicholas Hoult’s Peter) doesn’t do wonders for the family name.
Her arrival “brings out this teenage side of Catherine that we haven’t seen where she’s just striving so hard to be perfect for her mom,” Fanning tells Vanity Fair. “She can’t ever quite impress her the way that she wants to. Even though she’s like, ‘I’ve taken over this whole country and look what I’ve done,’ it’s still not enough.”
That very coldness is what attracted Anderson to the role. “I found her incredibly enigmatic and disturbing, and I didn’t feel like I’d really played someone quite like her before, which is always a plus in my book,” Anderson says. “I’ve played very serious characters for most of my career, so anytime there’s an opportunity to play and have fun and push boundaries and exploit, I like to jump right in there.”
It was clear from the start that Anderson was ready to shed Margaret Thatcher’s helmet-like hair and cobalt blue power suits. “It was funny, because everyone on set was a bit like, ‘Oh, my gosh, like Gillian Anderson’s here,’” Fanning says. “I would realize when Gillian was on set, everyone was kind of on their best behavior and we’re all being more proper. But that quickly dissolved because Gillian was just as silly and crazy with us.”
There’s a dearth of information about the real Joanna Elisabeth of Holstein-Gottorp, but Anderson says one fact encapsulates the character’s warped priorities. When Joanna finally went to Russia to visit Catherine, she had “used up her own daughter’s clothing allowance, or dowry” in order to “outfit herself in the latest clothes.” Says Anderson, “The real-life Joanna did not have her daughter’s best interest at heart.”
The gallery has been updated with HQ photos of Gillian Anderson at The Fashion Awards, enjoy!
Gillian Anderson is one of the world’s biggest stars.
She came to huge fame as Dana Scully in X-Files back in the 90s and since the she has graced many TV shows and movies.
She even played Margaret Thatcher in The Crown and now she plays another villain in the new Aardman movie, Robin Robin.
Being a superfan of Aardman Animations it was easy for her to snap up the role of ‘Cat’ but had no idea she would have to sing!
(Don’t worry she pulls it off brilliantly in character!)
Alison Curtis on Weekend Breakfast spoke to Gillian about the new movie, which is fabulous!
The gallery has been updated with HD screencaptures of Gillian Anderson’s guest episodes from season 2 of “The Great”.
The gallery has been updated with first photos of Gillian Anderson as Eleanor Roosevelt in “The First Lady”